Beware Iran’s cyber attacks strike US elections, says Microsoft

February 8, 2024
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Microsoft has warned that Iran is engaging in advanced cyber operations that could target the upcoming 2024 U.S. presidential elections. The company’s Threat Analysis Center (MTAC) has studied Iran’s cyber activities and identified potential threats to the integrity of the election process. The analysis highlights the diversification of pro-Iran and Iran-linked groups engaging in cyberattacks, making it more difficult to track and defend against these threats. Iran’s cyber efforts have historically targeted the U.S. and Israel, and the country has been effective in reaching Western audiences with anti-Israel propaganda. Microsoft observed a significant increase in traffic to Iranian state-affiliated news sites during the Israel-Hamas conflict, which indicates the effectiveness of Iran’s influence campaigns.

Iran has also demonstrated its ability to engage in destructive cyberattacks, targeting Israeli and allied infrastructure. These attacks, which include ransomware attacks and infrastructure disruptions, serve Iran’s geopolitical objectives. Microsoft warns that as the 2024 U.S. presidential elections approach, there is a potential for simultaneous interference attempts from multiple authoritarian states, including Iran, Russia, and China. This highlights the need for heightened vigilance and strong cybersecurity measures to protect the integrity of the election process.

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